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The Resource Governing behavior : how nerve cell dictatorships and democracies control everything we do, Ari Berkowitz

Governing behavior : how nerve cell dictatorships and democracies control everything we do, Ari Berkowitz

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Governing behavior : how nerve cell dictatorships and democracies control everything we do
Title
Governing behavior
Title remainder
how nerve cell dictatorships and democracies control everything we do
Statement of responsibility
Ari Berkowitz
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"Everything we and other animals do is caused by electrical signals in nerve cells, or neurons. Neurons are organized into circuits, like the electrical circuits that run electronic devices. This book explores how these circuits function to control behaviors. In some circuits, a single neuron acts like a dictator, gathering information from many sources, making decisions, and issuing commands to produce movements, such as fish and crayfish escape maneuvers. In other circuits, a large population of neurons collectively votes, with no single neuron dominating, mediating color perception, for example, and controlling eye and hand movements to objects of interest. Neural circuits control all behaviors, from the simple and automatic to the complex and deliberative. Some of the most critical circuits generate rhythmic outputs that make an animal breathe, chew, digest, walk, run, swim, or fly. These central nervous system circuits can churn out rhythmic signals on their own, like central government programs, but modify output to match demand, using feedback signals from moving body parts. To select the right behavior for each moment, nervous systems use sophisticated sensory surveillance. For example, owl circuits calculate the precise locations of sound sources to catch mice in the dark. Bats catch flying insects by emitting ultrasonic pulses and using specialized circuits to analyze the echoes, a form of sonar. Central nervous systems keep track of their own movement commands to update the surveillance circuits. Although some neural circuits are innate, others, such as those producing human speech and bird song, depend on learning, even in adulthood."--Provided by publisher
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MH/DLC
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1961-
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Berkowitz, Ari
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QP363.3
LC item number
.B47 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Neurons
  • Neural networks (Neurobiology)
  • Animal behavior
  • Animal behavior
  • Neural networks (Neurobiology)
  • Neurons
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Governing behavior : how nerve cell dictatorships and democracies control everything we do, Ari Berkowitz
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-214) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
How to spy on the government -- Isn't there an easier way? -- Neuronal dictatorships -- Neuronal democracies -- How are the factories run? -- The plot (and the chemical soup) thickens -- Government surveillance -- Government self-monitoring -- Becoming a political animal -- Governing behavior
Control code
921926270
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
227 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674736900
Lccn
2015033365
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)921926270
Label
Governing behavior : how nerve cell dictatorships and democracies control everything we do, Ari Berkowitz
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-214) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
How to spy on the government -- Isn't there an easier way? -- Neuronal dictatorships -- Neuronal democracies -- How are the factories run? -- The plot (and the chemical soup) thickens -- Government surveillance -- Government self-monitoring -- Becoming a political animal -- Governing behavior
Control code
921926270
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
227 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674736900
Lccn
2015033365
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)921926270

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